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The Future

posted on: 1.27.2016

Well hello there! Long time no see! So, I took a rather unexpected months-long hiatus. Under typical circumstances, I would apologize for my absence, but you know what? I'm glad I took the break I took. I needed space from my blog to kind of figure out what I wanted to do with my life, even though that sounds incredibly dramatic.

So, it is time to drop some truth bombs. I'm going to be incredibly honest here- the past few months have been absolutely wonderful. I didn't have to stress about what I was going to post about, deadlines, and how to stage the perfect Instagram photo. It was freeing. I got to binge watch Netflix shows (my latest obsession has been Spanish dramas, who else is getting in on the Spaniard answer to Downton Abbey?!). I was able to spend more time with my friends. I was able to rest. I would come home from work and not have anything to worry about. I'm telling you, it was totally freeing!

I've been blogging for over five years now. Five years of being all about beauty all the time. I was 18 years old when I started blogging. 18 year old Brianna and 23 year old Brianna are two entirely different people. As one might expect, blogging constantly about beauty grew old to me. I kept with it because that's what people expected from me. I mean, I am a makeup artist so you would think that talking about makeup is all I want to do. But it's not! The beauty industry as a whole has grown to be grating to me. Too superficial. I still love it, yes, and I still love making people feel like the best version of themselves. But it's no longer consuming my entire life, and I couldn't be happier about that.

So what is it exactly that I am trying to say here? Well, I ask that you all continue growing with me. Like I mentioned before, this blog has been a major part of my life for the past five years. I feel as if it would be irresponsible to completely quit. Although trust me, I spent a solid month there getting ready to delete all of my hard work from the past five years. I mean, it would have been so easy to do! But I'm not ready to give up yet. I'm ready to try something new.

I want to explore more topics that are of interest to me. Yes, beauty will be at the core because even I can't completely quit the beauty industry, but my interests have grown into so much more. Travel has become a major part of my life, so I want to talk more about my travels. I want to write more humorous pieces that aren't as informational as they are relatable. And most of all, I just want to feel inspired again.

Ultimately, the purpose of this post is to announce that I'm not finished with what I started five years ago. I'm ready to continue showing you all what I got. But I'm going to start doing things on my terms. I'm going to be more lax about it. Not going to focus on cranking out a new post every day for page views or to impress brands. I'm going to put myself first, and the blog second. And you know what? I've got a good feeling about this.

xoxo, Brianna

Some More Thoughts on Blogging

posted on: 12.10.2015

Well, well, well! Look at who the cat dragged in (hint: it's ME!). Before I start launching into my regular blog content, I just wanted to write a post about where I've been and what I see happening in the future. I don't imagine this is going to be one of those ~deep~ posts, but you never know. I've actually been sitting on this post for the past week, because I'm not entirely sure what to say or how to say it, so here goes nothing.

I love to write. Always have, and probably always will. A little over five years ago when I decided I wanted to start blogging, I didn't imagine all the opportunities that would present themselves to me throughout the course of my blogging "career," if you could even call it that. To me, blogging was an outlet where I could fulfill my creative needs and channel all this crazy creative energy in a constructive and fun way.

But, like most things in life, soon blogging became more of a chore. Blogging is non-stop work if it is your goal to monetize and continue growing a blog. It's mentally exhausting. It's still fun putting together posts, but it's a lot of work. Most of my blog posts take around 8 hours to complete. Even my most basic blog post requires a minimum of 2 hours. Blogging requires a lot of time and energy that, quite frankly, I no longer have. I realize this is sounding more and more like a "woe is me" type of post, but please know that is not my intention at all!

What I'm trying to say is that my priorities have changed in recent months, and I have other things that I am interested in pursuing. That being said, I'm not quite ready to let go of blogging. It's too much fun! But, because I do have a full-time job and other commitments, I won't be blogging as regularly as I used to. My goal is at least to post once a week, but I'm not going to make myself crazy about it. I'm going to start up my Instagram again (I took a little break from that too), so I do hope you'll follow me on there for more updates.

Anyway, I just wanted to write this so you guys know where I'm at. I have a bajillion posts in my drafts folder that need some finishing up, so trust me: there is no shortage of posts to be found. I'm not quite finished with you, blogging! I'll be back next week with some beauty content, hurray!


Break Time!

posted on: 11.23.2015

Happy Monday, everyone! So, as you have probably noticed by now, there's been quite a lapse in activity here on Brikasia. Well, to be quite honest, I am in desperate need of a blog break because I am incredibly close to being completely burnt out. I have decided that for the rest of the month, I am taking a mini vacation from blogging and spending time with my loved ones and taking care of myself.

I will be back on December 2nd (a Wednesday), but I'll probably only be posting about twice a week until the end of the year to lessen the pressure on myself. I'll try to be a bit more consistent on Instagram, but no guarantees there because I'm really just trying to take a complete blog break. Thanks for sticking around.

See you guys soon! xoxoxo


How I Organize My Small Business with DYMO LabelWriter® 450 Value Bundle Pack

posted on: 11.12.2015

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Running a small business is hard work, guys. Apart from this blog, my small business is my freelance makeup business. Freelancing is very rewarding work but if I'm not entirely organized, I end up frazzled and all over the place which is definitely not a position I enjoy being in. Thankfully, I've recently discovered the miracle worker that is the DYMO LabelWriter® 450 Value Bundle Pack, which has played a key role in keeping my life together. So thank you, DYMO, for a stellar label maker that keeps my life together!

I purchased my DYMO LabelWriter 450 Value Bundle Pack from, and I got it at an amazing value. Be sure to go check back every week for Staples Daily Deals for special deals on your favorite DYMO LabelWriter products including DYMO LabelWriter 450 Bundle, LabelWriter 450 Turbo, and LabelWriter 4XL Turbo!

The DYMO LabelWriter 450 Value Bundle Pack is mainly available online, but you can also find it in select stores (click here to see if it's in a store near you). If you want a slight upgrade from the DYMO LabelWriter 450, then the DYMO LabelWriter 450 Turbo is for you, as it prints gorgeous looking labels at high speeds. Not only that, but it can print up to 71 labels per minute! Not only that, but the DYMO LabelWriter 450 Turbo eliminates the waste and hassle of sheet labels (as they print precise quantities without difficulty) and you can even customize and print address, shipping, file folder and barcode labels all from your PC or Mac. These are all dreams come true for small business owners, are they not?

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As a small business owner, the DYMO LabelWriter 450 Value Bundle Pack saves me so much money, as the label maker reduces waste and unnecessary materials. Something I think that is super cool about this product is that it features thermal printing technology, which means there is absolutely no need to buy ink for the DYMO LabelWriter. Awww yea! Ink is expensive, guys, and I'm so glad I don't have to waste my hard earned money on that stuff. Thermal printing technology for the win!

So, how exactly do I utilize the DYMO LabelWriter 450 Value Bundle Pack for my makeup business? Well, since you're reading my blog right now, I'm going to assume that you're a lover of makeup and beauty products as well. Makeup storage can be super frustrating and unnecessarily expensive. Plus, if you're living in a small place, you don't want your makeup storage to take up a lot of space. Well, imagine my dilemma times ten: as a professional makeup artist, I need to make sure I have the product for any situation imaginable, which means that I'm hoarding a whoooole lot of stuff. It's easy for things to get lost in the shuffle, which is why making sure everything is labeled is vital.

With a little creativity and a whole lot of labels, today I'm going to show you how to effectively store your makeup in conjunction with the DYMO LabelWriter 450 Value Bundle Pack. Here we go!

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  1. Gather up your storage supplies. Think outside the box in terms of storage. Most of the time, products "made" for makeup storage are incredibly overpriced. With a little ingenuity, you can pretty much convert most general storage products into makeup storage. For example, I'm using a kitchen stackable shelf as a shelf for my makeup desk, and storage bento boxes to store my smaller cosmetics. Not only that, but pencil holders can hold brushes and filing racks can be used for palette storage.
  2. Next, let's see if we can condense our makeup a bit to save on some space. I'm a huge advocate for condensing my makeup kit to the bare minimum, because a lot of makeup can mean a whole lot of weight to carry around. For example, I've melted my lipsticks into the stackable jars I bought from a craft supply store (full tutorial on how I did that here), and while it's nice that I can see the color from the outside, sometimes a client wants to know the name of a lipstick and I can't tell them. Time to fix that with some labels!
  3. After figuring out where you want to put everything, it's time to start creating the labels. Using the DYMO software that came with the DYMO LabelWriter 450 Value Bundle Pack, it's super easy to write what you want on your labels. I also like how you can use whatever font you want, so you can add some personality to your labels if you want. 
  4. Make sure you have the correct label size in the label machine. Depending on what I'm trying to label, I'll use different sizes. I'm going to be using the file folder labels to label my lipsticks, and the multi-purpose labels to label the rest of my makeup.
  5. Print those labels out! This is the fun part. It's kind of like magic.
  6. Apply those labels and have peace of mind. It's really that simple.
Having my makeup effectively labeled and stores saves SO much of my time, it isn't even funny. When getting ready for a makeup gig, I'm able to quickly and easily grab the items I need without leaving a huge mess in my wake. I also love how easy it is to create labels for all of my business paperwork, too.

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Doesn't that look like an organizing dream?! Yea, the DYMO LabelWriter 450 Value Bundle Pack is totally helping me sleep better at night. My Type A mind can rest easy now! Oh, and for the record, this is just a small section of my makeup storage. I must admit I'm a bit wary to show off my entire makeup collection because it's quite excessive. So, consider this a sampler of the whole thing!

So now that I've shared how the DYMO LabelWriter 450 Value Bundle Pack has helped me and my small business, how has it helped you? Sound off in the comments below!

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Weekend Wrap Up // No. 80

posted on: 11.08.2015

Happy Sunday! How are you all doing? I am finally back from what seems like a year-long tenure in the state of New York, haha! So many major life decisions were made while I was in New York, and you guys... I'm feeling really good! I also seriously miss the cooler weather. Nothing like coming back to 90 degree weather and 100% humidity! Bleh. And on that note, here's what you've missed from Brikasia this past week!
And because I've been in such a celebratory mood lately, I feel it's only appropriate for this week's jam to be a celebratory Brazilian samba! Hello, random! Haaaaa. I've been having Sergio Mendes dance parties in my room lately, with a special emphasis on this song. Enjoy and have fun!


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